Ronald Neame

Tunes of Glory

Tunes of Glory

In Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness plays Jock Sinclair—a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. A lifetime military man, Sinclair expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow (John Mills)—an educated, by-the-book scion of a military family—enters the scene as Sinclair’s replacement, the two men engage in a fierce struggle for control of both the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men. Based on the novel by James Kennaway and featuring flawless performances by Guinness and Mills, Tunes of Glory uses the rigid stratification of military life to comment on the institutional contradictions and class hierarchies of English society, making for an unexpectedly moving drama.

Film Info

  • Ronald Neame
  • United Kingdom
  • 1960
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #225

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2003 with director Ronald Neame
  • Audio interview from 2002 with actor John Mills
  • Television interview from 1973 with actor Alec Guinness
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Robert Murphy

Cover by Eric Skillman based on an original theatrical poster

Purchase Options

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2003 with director Ronald Neame
  • Audio interview from 2002 with actor John Mills
  • Television interview from 1973 with actor Alec Guinness
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Robert Murphy

Cover by Eric Skillman based on an original theatrical poster

Tunes of Glory
Cast
Alec Guinness
Maj. Jock Sinclair, DSO MM
John Mills
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Dennis Price
Maj. Charles Scott, MC
Kay Walsh
Mary Titterington
John Fraser
Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
Susannah York
Morag Sinclair
Gordon Jackson
Capt. Jimmy Cairns, MC
Duncan Macrae
Pipe Maj. Duncan Maclean
Percy Herbert
RSM Riddick
Allan Cuthbertson
Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones
Maj. Dusty Miller
Gerald Harper
Maj. Hugo Macmillan
Richard Leech
Capt. Alec Rattray
Peter McEnery
2nd Lt. David MacKinnon
Credits
Director
Ronald Neame
Produced by
Colin Lesslie
Executive producer
Albert Fennell
Screenplay by
James Kennaway
Based on the novel by
James Kennaway
Music composed and conducted by
Malcolm Arnold
Director of photography
Arthur Ibbetson
Production designer
Wilfred Shingleton
Film editor
Anne V. Coates

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